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. >> there are republicans out there going there's an obama voter right there. >> i'm a republican. >> is that right? >> yes. >> what are you doing here today? >> mostly because i think we should support our president. >> obama! >> for every republican sighting there were 10,000 democrats. >> this moment was savored by all sorts of americans but it was especially powerful for african-americans one of their own sworn in on martin luther king's bible on martin luther king day. that is a divine convergence for these two from charlotte. >> i voted and i'm here and ready to celebrate. >> and cameron from chicago. >> how early did you get up? >> 6:00. >> 6:00 a.m.? >> yep. >> how many layers are you wearing? >> four. >> and mable from south carolina. four years ago she insulated herself with pictures of her an centers, freed slaves and sharecroppers. but today she was back. for them. >> mable it's great to see you again. >> great to see you guys. i hope you brought your photos again. >> they were sharecroppers in south carolina. >> what do you you think they would make of a day like this? >> oh, my goodness. they
obama has to do is get along with the republicans. i'd like to say something about that. president obama is fond of quoting-- and if he isn't, i am-- martin luther king's statement "the moral arc of the universe bends slowly but it bends towards justice." in the first term, president obama did bend that moral arc. he got health insurance, peace of mind for more than 30 million people. the bill may be floored but it's passed. in the second term i see a sort of differently. everyone's attacking the moral arc of justice-- social security medicare everyone's saying we have to cut it bck. that's the great safety net for the american people. i almost see him as a defender. he has to defend social security and medicare in a fiscally responsible way. >> rose: inaugural day 2013, assessment by journalists and looking forward with historians when we continue. >> rose: today barack obama was sworn in for a second time as president of the united states. it was a cold and sunny day in washington. close to a million people came to the inauguration. they came to celebrate and see history. they included
remarks, president obama, at least in republican hoped, had opened the door to more cooperation. live from washington. now back to you. >> steve, you covered many inaugurations before, what stood out to you about this one? >> the obama family is so cute, i have to tell you that. take the politics and the take bands, put it all aside, now i'm a father of two daughters and i'm a bit prejudice bus they are adorable and so are the adults when they are interacting, it's heartwarming. >> it's great to see them all together today. the girls are growing up in front of our eyes. >> thank you so much. steve. >> several political pundits said that the president spoke with a new swagger. like someone who does not need to seek re-election. that part is true. >> he is feeling good, he feels like he has the republicans agenda. he did speak with a little bit more of an attitude, if you will, today. not too much but a little bit more. he is trying to tell people, look, we will get out there and pound the pavement on what we think is important and we are counting on you, you the public, the voters to get yo
. and that is not obama's style. if you google "obama rebukes republicans" it goes on and on and on. he is always going after the people -- his beating. just a tactically i think that's a mistake and hopefully it will change. on the foreign affairs front if you talk to the intelligence people they say that the world is increasingly dangerous, you have meltdown situations potential meltdown situations not just in syria and the middle east, pakistan, north korea which has the bomben like iran and that is just ticking away. there's the egypt problem, there's what's going on recently in algeria and so forth. so i think the theme here for president obama is going to have to be i need to smoke the peace pipe domestically in this country with the political opposition and i need to work and develop friendships abroad and develop some overall strategy for dealing with this very dangerous lull. >> rose: just drill down on that temperament for the president who had an overwhelming electoral victory. >> i think franklin roosevelt would have disagreed. he said the election of 1936 was a great landslide and gave him
victory for obama, that's the future of the democratic party and future of america. if the republican party wants to succeed again at the national level, they will have to make inroads to the groups. and here's president obama saying not only did i campaign on these groups but now it's time for me to deliver on these groups. and if they don't meet that challenge -- begin to meet that challenge in some way, all of these groups could be lost to them permanently. >> now, last night on the show, i talked about how there was good reviews, but i didn't think it would last. and before i could get out of the studio, they started -- the republicans -- taking shots. let me show you where respective paul ryan responded to the president's takers comment at the inaugural address. >> no one is suggesting that our earned entitlements like payroll taxes for medicare and social security are putting u yo in a taker category. when the president does kind of a switcheroo like that, what he's trying to do is we are maligning these programs. so it's kind of a convenient twist of terms to try and shadow box
by congressional republicans, president obama acknowledged the gulf separating him from his adversaries on capitol hill. >> i recognize there are profound differences in this room, but i just want to say thank you for your service, and i want to thank your families for their service because regardless of our political persuasions and perspectives, i know that all have us serve because we believe we can make america for future generations. >> the question still remains. can he actually implement it? e.j., my friend, it's rare we get to see you in the flesh. i go to you first on this. there's been a lot of analysis about whether that speech was kind of almost a rejoinder to reagan's first inaugural. a, what do you make of that, and, b, in terms of actually moving this policy forward, can the president do it given the climate in washington these days? >> i think the answer is yes, and the question is how far forward can he move it? i think the critique of this speech that somehow the president was in the face of conservatives, yes, he did make a philosophical argument. he did answer some of the conse
obama the republicans overwhelmingly retained their house seats. sick and tired of the congressional gridlock steve cohen of memphis introduced a bill this week which would require states to use independent redistricting commissions in drawing those maps. here we in to talk about his bill and what he expects during president obama's second term, is congressman steve cohen. welcome to "the war room"." >> thank you good to be with you. >> michael: do you think they would or could pass this bill. >> whether they would is doubtful but it's an important bill because we have gridlock and the reason for that is too many districts are concerned about the primary and the far right and far left and they don't have to work with the whole community or the center, because of the partisan redistricting which we have in most states are drawn up just to suit their people or make them overwhelmingly ohio. ohio went for the president. ohio went to sherrod brown but yet 12 of the 16 districts drawn up by the ohio legislature were republican. that's not right. it does not reflect the will of the people.
reelected, obama in all probability would face a daunting challenge of working with republican majorities in house and possibly the senate. what lessons might obama learn from history where he reelected? confronted with a congress dominated by republicans, further complicating the challenge is the apparent disappearance in the spirit of compromise, which has actually been a mainstay of legislation through the nations history with one very momentous exception. members of congress and the south would not compromise on the subject of the expansion of slavery, other than states defeated and the civil war institute. we have heard much about the impending battle between the president and congress over the extension of the bush tax cuts, raising the death on it and potential of automatic cut and spend name. the necessity of resolving these issues is the chairman or nokia refers to as the fiscal cliff. it is likely these political decisions will be given brief extension so that the next president and congress will be saddled with making the decision. as a second term president, obama would face o
second term. barack obama avoided the words "democrat" and "republican." but he's made it clear he wants americans of different political stripes to work together. he laid out his vision for his next four years in his second inaugural address. obama was sworn in in public, something he had done in private the day before. former president, state governors and members of congress braved the cold alongside him. >> i, barack hussein obama, do solemnly swear. >> that i will faithfully execute. >> that i will faithfully execute. >> the office of the president of the united states. >> obama described his priorities for his second term from the domestic economy and diplomacy to climate change. he talked about values and principles common to all americans. he said prosperity must rest on the shoulders of the rising middle class. >> no single person can train all the math and science teachers we'll need to equip our children for the future. or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. now, more than ever, we must do these things together
." host: mr obama was less explicit but his emphasis was on the virtues. patricia, republican. caller: hello. i have a question for you. you get black, white, no matter what. when he says that, that is so true. i mean, we all are created equally. but my question for mr. obama is he swore, he used martin luther king's traveling bible, and he swore on lincoln's bible also. correct? host: that is what i heard. caller: my question to you is, did he read either of those two blocks and comprehend what he wrote? when he said that everybody should have a chance, why is he abortion? give that child a chance. am i correct? host: what does that mean it to you? caller: let's get rid of abortion. the gaze he spoke about, he did not comprehend what he read in the bible. maybe he needs help in that area. and every man is equal. let's give these children who are aborted, let's no longer let it go on. let's give them a chance. correct? host: ok, patricia. we will go to mary and next. caller: i thought he did a great speech yesterday. i think what a lot of people are missing the point on was he was not
obama to pulverize and destroy republicans. but tonight, scott walker is here and how are he and other governors planning for president obama's second term. governor walker in minutes and right now standing by for vice-president biden who will speak at the inaugural ball and the president and first lady just finished their final dance of the evening. >> "on the record" is now. >> i have sworn before you today with an oath to god and country, not party or fashion and we must faithfully execute that pledge. >> this was an inaugural address where the president came out said i won the election and i'm going to be aggressive in the second term about pushing my agenda. >> and i think we had a clarifying moment and the president's speech put to rest, put to rest the idea that barack obama is a moderate. barack obama is a liberal. >> i don't think that absolutism, i'm sure the president would say the same, on the part of either party or any politician is helpful in terms of solving problems and obviously, if we're going to move forward we're going to have to find a way to come together to solv
has to do is get along with the republicans. i'd like to say something about that. president obama is fond of quoting-- and if he isn't, i am-- martin luther king's statement "the moral arc of the universe bends slowly but it bends towards justice." in the first term, president obama did bend that moral arc. he got health insurance, peace of mind for more than 30 million people. the bill may be floored but it's passed. in the second term i see a sort of differently. everyone's attacking the moral arc of justice-- social security medicare, everyone's saying we have to cut it back. that's the great safety net for the american people. i almost see him as a defender. he has to defend social security and medicare in a fiscally responsible way. >> rose: inaugural day 2013, assessment by journalists and looking forward with historians when we continue. >> rose: today barack obama was sworn in for a second time as president of the united states. it was a cold and sunny day in washington. close to a million people came to the inauguration. they came to celebrate and see history. they includ
's special moments, seeming to take it all in, knowing this would be his last inauguration. some republicans thought president obama's speech was too partisan. with divided government here in washington, he will need some gop support to pass his big agenda items. rob? paula? >> all right. tahman bradley live in washington. we had breaking news that part of the president's second term is going to get you a new hat. >> reporter: stop that. it's warm, though, okay? >> that's all that matters. >> easy for us to say, warm in the studio. >> he's doing the hard work. thank you, tahman. >>> the president is in a lot of big topics. seems like the state of the union address, a more sweeping, poetic inaugural address. climate change, immigration reform, equal pay for women. gun control. he laid out a litany of things he would like to do. and as you heard in that piece, spoke to the younger, much more diverse america, that helped get him elected. and maybe signifying the political shift in the country that's going to affect future elections. >> as if he was direct in this speech, imagine how more direct
>>> reaching across the aisle, barack obama calls for unity as he embarks on his second term. he avoided the words democrat and republicans. he made it clear he wants the political stripes to work together. obama was sworn in in public, something he had done in private the day before. former president, state governors and members of congress braved the cold alongside him. >> i barack hussein obama faithfully swear. that will i will execute the president of office of united states. >> obama described his priori priorities for the second term. he said prosperity must rest on the shoulders of a rising middle class. >> no single person can give our children what they need for the future or build the roads and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. we must do these things as one nation and one people. >> obama begins his term with several battles looming. he's try to work with the republicans to revamp laws and avoid defaulting on the national debt. ♪ and the rockets red glare ♪ the bombs bursting in air >> pop star beyonce sang the national anthem. h
the aisle enough in his speech. president obama made an attempt to reach out to congressional republicans at the post inauguration lunch. take a look. >> i recognize that democracy is not always easy. i recognize there are profound differences in this room. but i just want to say thank you for your service and i want to thank your families for their service. regardless of our political persuasions and perspectives, i know all of us serve because we believe we can make america for future generations. and i'm confident that we can act at this moment in a way that makes a difference for our children and our children's children. >> mike, that seemed far more conciliatory than the, as you said, the inaugural speech you summarized as i won, get over i it. >> this president, more than any president, i think, in our lifetimes and my lifetime, goes back to garfield -- >> how was garfield? >> he was a pretty good guy, joe. >> what could have been. baseball had not been invented yet. >> this president more than any presidents in our lifetime is a solo act. he is a solo act. he always has been, remai
. the speech, devoid as it was of olive branches, played into the emerging republican consensus that obama is trying to divide and destroy the gop. they're right about the division part, though likely mistaken when they impugn a motive to destroy can. let's talk about it with matt schlapp, white house political director under president bush, simon rosenberg is founder of left-leaning political action think tank ndn. matt, to you first. the idea of divide and destroy the gop, what do you think? >> yeah, jon, i actually agree with that. usually when presidents get e reelected, they have this approach in the beginning of the second term that starts with their inaugust lal that they're really going to be the president of all the people, and they're a little defensive. they really want to be the president of every american. instead this seemed much more political, much more aimed at his progressive base. if president obama was a major league pitcher, he just threw a fastball right at the heads of republicans, and this is just the first speech. we've got more speeches to come. my side better get
evening. democrats and republicans arguing over some of the details over president obama's speech. democrats saying it laid out a clear second term agenda for president obama. the republican national committee say it is a rallying cry for liberals. already we're seeing the same differences between democrats and republicans on jobs, on spending an entitlement spending. >> a simple proposition they would insist on cuttings to -- cuts to medicare, medicaid, social security, in return for doing their job, paying their bills. that, was obviously something the president could not and would not support. >> in short democrats put off the hard stuff until now. and our problems have only gotten worse. but that was the first term. >> the house is getting set to vote on the republican debt ceiling proposal tomorrow. that delays the debt ceiling increase or increases the debt ceiling really until may 19th. it is contingent upon both houses of congress passing a budget or members of congress won't receive their paychecks, something the house votes on tomorrow. back to you. ashley: rich edson in
waves. >> general colin powell, speaking to me a while ago, a republican who supports barack obama. and this will mark the start of barack obama's second term, and in a few moments israelis will be voting in their own election. his coalition failed to agree on a budget. -- >> he is young and wealthy and taking the election by storm. love to buy right-wing voters, his views have trained support from the ruling conservative party. almost unstoppable on the election trail, he is not avoid controversial issues and says what many on the israeli right thing. >> how do you resolve the national ambitions of millions of palestinians? >> if a palestinian state would be founded, it would ensure a internal strife for the next 200 years between us and the palestinians. they want a full-blown state but i believe we cannot give a full-blown state. benjamin netanyahu is expecting to return as prime minister and campaign ads say that only he has the strength to deal with the enemies of israel. >> he is trying to reestablish his right-wing credentials by supporting more building in jewish settlement
is john dickerson urging president obama to go for the throat of the republican party? here is his quote in slate. obama's only remaining option is to pulverize through a series of clarifying fights over controversial issues, he can force republicans to either side with their coalition's most extreme elements or cause a rift in the party that will leave it at least temporarily in disarray. joining us now with reaction, town hall news editor, katy. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> steve: he also says, he wants the president to destroy the republican party and he says, they must, the president and the white house, must go through the throat. are you surprised that this member of the main stream media who is supposed to be unbiased sounds like a democratic strategist? >> i'm not surprised. this is the cbs political director, who is also the chief political correspondent at slate, which is a far left leaning publication. john dickerson was credited with being the guy who knocked george w. bush off his heels the most times during his presidency. it's not surprising to me, though, tha
solutions together. >>> after day of celebration dan pheiffer telling "washington post" republicans may not be up to the task. the cbs news political director said quote go for the throat. why obama must declare war about the republican party. >> especially that coming from a news otherzation. >> we are getting a lot of reaction coming in. folks are criticizing president obama for putting social issues before the economy. the economy some argue is not one of his priorities. >> if you look back in 2008 the median household income 52,546 dollars. three years into president obama's presidency the average for 2011 it dropped more than 2,000 dollars to 50,054. when you look at the numbers do you think the president should be more focused on the economy. john meachum is talking about it this morning. >> the most important g median household income over the last 12 years. without rectifiying that this will be an unmemorable presidency and potentially a significantly -- >> how is he going to do that in three years? how is he going to remedy that turn that around so the regular folks start to ma
's blistering reaction to president obama's inaugural address. republicans are warning, if the president gets his way, the era of big lib better ralism is back. and vice president joe biden talks about the possibility of tajing on hillary clinton in the 2016 presidential race. a >>> and it sounded beautiful but was it live? controversy over beyonce's rendition of the national anthem. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> and the breaking news continues here in cnn. we're covering the country's latest multiple shooting incident on a college campus. three people, at least two of them were students caught in a cross fire. a fourth person suffered a heart attack during the shooting. it all happened near houston, texas, on the north harris campus of lone star college. that's a community college in texas. cnn's ed lavandera has the latest. ed, what are you hearing? >> reporter: this shooting appears to be a situation that started off as an altercation in one of the buildings between two people. one of those firing shots was wounded and is now in custody. two people were caught in th
said, on immigration, gay rights, climate change and school safety. a night to remember for the obamas and for the nation that re-elected the president. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, washington. >>> president obama never used the words "democrat" or "republican" in his second inaugural address, but his political message was crystal clear. a full-throated embrace of progressive policies, along with a directive for our leaders to spear head the challenges that define us as individuals and as a country. >> the commitments we make to each other through medicare, medicaid and social security, these things do not sap our initiative. they strengthen us. they do not make us a nation of takers. they free us to take the risks that make this country great. we will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. we, the people, still believe enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war. and we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized. the victims of prejudice. our journey is n
in the polls. obama has the upper hand on it. the republicans have not come together to figure out the best way for them to move forward and get the public behind them. guest: one of the most interesting political failures of obama's first term was his inability to use the coalition he built for his first election. for purposes of rallying public opinion behind issues like healthcare. the obama for america structure did not have the same kind of punch outside of a presidential election year that it did in 2008 and 2012. it will be interesting to see if they figure out how to unlock that forced and make it work this time. host: is that due to the agenda of the first term rather than not effectively using them? some pointed to the speech citing, liberal,. rists.r guest: those things dovetailed together. his grassroots support is more liberal than centrisrt. host: in "the new york times" -- guest: that is true. political cycles start much earlier than they have in the past. it is always hard to predict how long a presidential impact will last. if the democrats were to pick up seats in the senate o
not like -- democrats and republicans -- essentially, punted on this. and they just delayed making the tough choices. >> for some reason, obama and the senate democrats have gotten away with an extraordinary amount of nonsense. they haven't put forth a budget -- >> neil: they say they will and include tax hikes. >> will it make significant cuts or will it be the baseline budgeting? -- [overlapping dialogue] jierks do you think -- >> neil: do you think they are going to see through this -- that is the markets? >> yeah, i think they are going to kick the can down the road. i don't know, i mean, republicans seem to think they need to cave to get the fireworks on the left -- >> neil: what would be the alternative. >> to say, we are not hiking the debt ceiling unless you make these cuts now. we have over $16 trillion in debt. we can't afford it. i don't want to have this conversation every couple of months. do your job and barack obama, hold them accountable. >> neil: there is this thing about double treatment that is not quite the same when it comes to blaming republicans for being obs
is straight ahead.mr. obama mr. obama used today's speech to tell skeptical republicans that these three pillars of the great society must remain. >> we, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity. we must make the hard choices toh care reduce the cost of health care an and the size of our deficit. (applause) but we reject the belief that america must choose the belief between caring about the generation that built this country and the investment inture. its future. >> reporter: for the first time, the push for gay rights was equated with earlier struggles with women's rights and civil rights. >> our journey isn't complete until our gay brothers andor t sisters are treated like anyone else under the law. (applause) righ for if we are truly created equal than surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. >> reporter: the president elevated man-made climate change higher than at any time since winning reelection, resurrecting an issue he's barely touched forly tou more than two years.n two ye >> some may still deny theil
republicans that are in blue states, states voting for president obama and red states states that voted or mitt romney, and you can see the president attempting a divide and conquer to get policies through the hours in the next two to another years. >> john: it may be the first of the new term will that become what healthcare was in his first team he'll use tons of political capital just to get it done. >> i'm not sure that he will. even if that's what he wants some senate democrats are pulling back on the ambitious parts of that, the focus on the universal background checks, which a lot of people agree with. while obama has been bold and up front about this, i think it's something that he might not dedicate certainly the capital energy he gave to healthcare. one way that it will be different as well the healthcare was a drag on his party at midterm elections. what the white house is calculating that gun control will help them, fire up the base, which is very important and something that splits republicans, that they can be hammered for you voted against getting these military-style wea
is in florida on our republican line. >> you know, i did not vote for president obama, but it was a beautiful inauguration. god bless the military, god bless the united states, go america. >> also in florida, on our democrats line. >> hello, calling from miami, florida. the inauguration, i watched yesterday and the parade today, children from high school and colleges -- it was a great feeling of watching our president stand there for nearly an hour and a half. watching and waiting. it is a great time. i'm sure we will be writing about it in school and we go back tomorrow. >> a lot of people paying attention to details of things that are not politics, but fashion. the dress that mrs. obama was wearing. a tweets -- michelle obama chose jason wu dress for inaugural ball. greenville, north carolina and thomas on the independent line. >> i thought it was a good inauguration. a good speech, he is a great orator. i think she could have done better with her dress. >> atlanta, georgia is next. and he and the democrats line. >> i thought it was very beautiful. her dress was beautiful. i think they are
that offer. >>> president obama is back at work today. he laid out some ambitious goals in the inaugural speech yesterday but as cbs reporter randall pinkston reports the republicans are back to work today resisting the president's agenda. >> reporter: president obama started the day at church. he attended the inaugural national prayer service a tradition that dates back to the days of george washington. after the event, he dives into the work of his second term. the president outlined an ambitious agenda during his inaugural address. >> now, more than ever, we must do these things together. as one nation and one people. >> reporter: he plans to tackle some of the most contentious issues of the day. including gun control, climate change, and immigration. >> comprehensive immigration reform like so many of issues that he talked about yesterday is something that we can unite behind, that we can come together to act on. >> reporter: republicans on capitol hill are planning to challenge much of the president's second term agenda. they are agreeing with one
'll share them later in the show. and san francisco 49ers >>> president obama begins his first day of his second term, republicans offer to compromise. >>> 49'ers fans show spirit as the team gets ready for the big game. >>> enjoy the last day of sunshine. we've got the big time changes coming our way, maybe some rain. we'll talk about it coming up. >>> we've got a lot of overnight road work, including the dumbarton bridge. >>> it's tuesday, january 22. i'm michelle griego. >> i'm
out. our key agenda is to take out obama and make him a one-term president. they failed. i hope enough republicans are out there to do what is right now. >> congressman, four years ago tonight, there were a group of republicans that met at a restaurant. >> yes, there was. >> that set the course of obstruction. and they said we're going to say no to everything. what kind of dinner are they going to have tonight? >> is crow on the menu? >> i said that earlier today in our broadcast. they should probably be serving that today. but the point is, look what they have to show for it. they didn't do anything in the senate, okay. they wanted to defeat president obama. it didn't happen. you picked up seats in the house. >> sure did. >> the momentum, the polls are with the democrats on every major issue. would they dare obstruct the way they did in 112th? >> oh, yeah. but i think it's important to know if you just left the republicans and the democrats in a room, we could probably come out with some solutions. they articulate their values. we would fight for ours too. but you have these puppet ma
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but philosophical. i thought this was obama at his best. >> i saw a lot of tweets from republicans saying this was a call for big government that he didn't reach out enough. >> there was partisanship. it is hard to deny when he directly rebuked the gop by saying we are not a country of takers. by defending big government level of programs, social security, medicare, medicaid. but directly rebuking paul ryan and the 47% comment that got mitt romney in trouble. there may have been high-arching philosophical tones but there were also those tones. >> are you embracing the 47% comment? >> no, no, i wouldn't say, i don't know if it is fair to say it wasn't partisan at all. >> alex? >> this was not a speech where he stood up and said my mission is to leave office like a ronald reagan, being the president who turned around an economy, restored the confidence of a nation in its place in the world. no. he turned inward. and he said my mission here is to pick up the legacy of martin luther king and expand it as i think you've noted. that's not something he needs to work with republicans in congress
to the white house for a second term. senior republicans say they hope president obama has opened the door today to more cooperation on capitol hill. live from the white house, i'm steve handelsman, nbc bay area news. >>> okay, steve, thank you. our political analyst larry gerston is in washington tonight. we chatted with him a short while ago about the significance of the day and night. i'm guessing this is going to be brief, you're heading out to the inaugural balls. who really is part of the balls tonight? >> reporter: there are two major balls tonight. one is the military ball honoring all of those folks in uniform and anyone in uniform can get into that ball. it's a big deal for that reason and the president will spend some time there. then at the convention center right below the inaugural ball and it will be divided into four parts depending upon what kind of ticket you have but the president expected to stop in all the different areas and his wife, of course. spend some time with folks. tremendous entertainment all night long. i think it goes until 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning and s
that in this country freedom is reserved for the lucky or happyiness for the few. lou: president obama a day into the four-year term. the inauguration is covered here tonight from all angles. republican of texas joining us, the a-team and monica youley along with the pulitzer prize winning journalist, judy, and joining us here today, and president obama ice second inauguration falling on the martin luther king holiday. the symbolism not lost on the president as he navigated through l pomp and circumstance of the occasion to give a glimtion of the progressive agenda if the next four years. white house correspondent ed henry has the report. >> for president obama, plenty of differences from four years ago. he's grayer, weather warmer, crowd smaller, and the oath of office had no slip ups. this time, he was moe aggressive in using his inaugural address to reprize the central message of the campaign making it clear he believes he has a mandate. >> for weeks, the people understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do well and a growing many barely make it. >> reporter: the nati
controversial, not just for republicans. >> there is much to do for president obama. and the countdown is on. he has just four more years in was to seal his legacy. >> just about 700,000 people turned out to ring in obama's new term, way down compared to the 1.8 million to turn out four years ago. >> clearly the excitement does not compare to the first term. what about here in europe. we asked people and politicians what they hoped to see from obama part 2. >> it is great he was reelected. he had four years and he has four more. it is a big opportunity. i think obama can now push the things that he wants to. things that are important to him. >> the u.s. is important to the global economy, so it is crucial that it manages to overcome the debt crisis. the main issue he needs to address is the budget. he needs to to find a solution. otherwise the u.s. could soon end up like greece. >> if you look at how high emissions are you have to say that there needs to be changed. i hope obama has the courage in his second term to be more forceful in this area. >> i hope the u.s. and its partners push for join
doesn't make excuses. if obama's agenda fails because republicans don't bow to his demands, that will be on him. he has to work with or around the gop, apparently he's chosen the latter. joy-ann, is this all about getting the legacy which is about enduring ideas? this isn't about the moment but this is about things, a sea change for where this country is going to go, and that speech certainly was a sea change. >> yeah. i mean, if you look at barack obama's history, he is a guy who has a certain set of sort of big ideas, big things he wants to accomplish. and presidents have to make choices in that first year of their first term or second term about what sort of realistic things he can get through but i think he wants to do big things. health care was a huge thing. i think in this term, he can probably get one or two really big things done in the first two years. that's the choice that he's going to have to make. it will be interesting, i agree, i think immigration reform, gun control, those are two realistic things. thank god they won't fight over the debt limit. >> we will
, it was. >> big weekend. leading republicans weren't impressed with president obama's inaugural address. several senators expressed concerns that the president failed to extend an olive branch to the gop. senator john mccain said i would have liked to have seen some outreej. john thune of dd dd agreed. he said the speech was 30,000-foot stuff and he wasn't doing the outreach stuff he needs to do if he wants to get thinged accomplished in a second term. susan collins said i hoped it would have been a little less partisan at times. after the swearing in ceremonies came the parties. let's say d.c. was rocking into the wee hours. the obamas not only looked amazing, it seemed like they were having a great time. taking it all in. the number of parties were scaled back from the ten four years ago. two last night. there was no shortage of big stars, big moments. brianna keilar has more. >> ladies and gentlemen, my better half and my dance partner, michelle obama. >> reporter: at the commander in chief's ball, jennifer hudson sang "let's stay together" as the first couple danced their first danc
inauguration. >> some republicans thought president obama's inaugural address was too partisan with divided government here in washington, dc, he will need some g.o.p. support to pass the big agenda items. >> the national prayer service takes place in a few hours at 7:30 our time and begins at the national cathedral. tonight at 6:00, another inaugural ball is underway for the president and lady gaga takes the stage at that. >> hand warmers. scarves. >> and a reporter posted there were hand warmers everywhere. >> nothing that we need here. mike nicco? >> we had a run on the hand warmers in the central valley over the weekend for baseball tournament at 26 degrees when the kids were playing. it feels like six where our reporter is in washington, dc. the fog we were watching in santa rosa has lifted with nine miles visibility and a temperature of 32 with quarter-mile visibility earlier. we have had reports of black ice. 32 inland and low 40's for the rest of us and upper 50's to mid-60's from noon to 4:00. the next three days, showers tomorrow and thursday and friday are cooler but dry. sue? >>
republicans declared the end of reaganism. >> this was really obama unbound. this speech today was an ode to big government. it was a hymn to big government. >> in other words, reagan's famous government is not the solution, government is the problem, is dead, dead, dead. what's alive now, government regulations on just about every facet of american life. >> together we determine that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce, schools and colleges to train our workers, together we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play. together we resolve that a great nation must care for the vulnerable and protect its people from life's worst hazards and misfortune. >> progressives are over the moon. msnbc's chris matthews gushed there's so much of lincoln in obama's speech, with one exception. lincoln's second inaugural speech included this famous line "with malice toward none, with charity for all, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds." arguably there was little of
. >> thank you so much. >> reporter: with democrats and republicans struggling to find common ground on key issues, obama pushed for unity. >> my fellow americans, we're made for this moment and we'll seize it, as long as we seize it together. >> reporter: he brought attention to climate change and gay rights and equal pay for women and we heard a familiar theme from the campaign trail. >> for we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. >> reporter: no inauguration would be complete without the president and first lady walking the parade route. then more personal moments, enjoying the festivities and music from the comfort of their viewing stand. >> so lots of moments but perhaps the biggest question of all, what was michelle obama going to be wearing to the balls? turns out she wore a dress, a red long gown and that's the same designer from four years ago, jason wu. we're live in washington, back to you. >>> once again, the inaugural celebration is in full swing. this is a live picture of the commande
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